The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA)
In England, the Environment Agency (EA) has a responsibility to make sure that the country improves both the approach to reducing the risk of flooding and responding to floods when they happen.
At a local level, the Flood & Water Management Act 2010 set up bodies called Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA), responsible for managing local flood risk from surface water, ground water and ordinary watercourses. Main river and coastal flooding remain the responsibility of the EA.
Ordinary water courses are those which are non-main rivers or non-IDB (Internal Drainage Board) maintained. Ordinary water courses can be, for example, ditches, dykes, pipes, culverts, streams, becks and some rivers. Ordinary water courses tend to be riparian, that is, owned by the adjacent landowner(s). More information is available on riparian rights.
In Lincolnshire the LLFA is the County Council. It has the following functions and powers to help it in its local flood risk management role:
- Leadership and partnership
- Develop, maintain, apply and monitor the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
- Investigate and report on flooding events
- Establish and maintain a register of assets which might have an effect on flood risk
- Powers to designate an asset for inclusion in the Asset Register
- Powers to carry out works on ordinary watercourses to mitigate flood risk
- Act as a statutory consultee of the local planning authority with regard to SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems)
- Playing a lead role in managing the response to flooding at a local and County-wide level.
To help in its leadership and partnership working, the County Council developed the Lincolnshire Flood Risk and Drainage Management Framework. Through the Framework, the LLFA works closely with:
- The Environment Agency
- The seven District Councils
- The 14 Internal Drainage Boards
- Anglian Water Services and Severn Trent Water
The way Lincolnshire County Council works in partnership with the other risk management authorities (RMA) to reduce flood risk has been recognised nationally.